Can a 4-pound dog stop an 800-pound industry gorilla?
If the dog's name is #Oscar & the industry is puppy farming, then it might just happen. Continuing our series on Australia's most #influential #rescuedogs meet Oscar from @oscarslawinc.
The 1st time Deb Tranter (president of Oscar's Law) removed Oscar from a puppy farm in Victoria, he didn’t look like a dog. He looked like a rug that had been rolled up, swamped in effluent & left to rot. Oscar’s hair was so matted he had to be sedated before it could be shaved, exposing the grass seed abscesses that covered his body. His teeth were rotten, his gums diseased & his ears were dangerously infected. Deb found him huddled at the back of his pen, shivering, terrified, at the farm in a remote part of Victoria with scores of other dogs in similar condition. She’d come to the puppy farm in secret to film the dogs and alert the authorities to their atrocious living conditions. She didn’t intend to remove any dogs but she swept Oscar up and took him home, got him to the vet and started the repair job on the sick little puppy.
A week later, while Oscar was still recovering from surgery, the police arrived at her home, took him from her arms & returned him to the puppy farm. Deb who had entered the property illegally to film the animals, was convicted of theft and fined $1500.
The 2nd time Oscar was saved 18 months later, when sources told Deb his breeder was selling some dogs. Disguised in a blonde wig and sunglasses, she visited the farm & went back into the shed where Oscar was again living in the filth. He had been shaved bald & was huddled against the back wall, shivering the way he had when she first saw him. But he came to her instantly and pushed himself into her arms.
Since that fateful day, Oscar has #inspired a movement, a charity and helped lobby government official! As the face of Oscar's Law, he represents all those dogs that were not as fortunate as him, advocating for the abolition of factory farming of companion animals, banning the sale of companion animals from pets shops/online trading and promoting adoption through rescue.
Don't let the bow tie fool you, this is one tough cookie!